International Student Mobility: A Geodemographic Perspective
International Student Mobility (ISM) is frequently studied in regard to issues such as employability and European identity. Less prominent in prior studies has been consideration of the socio-demographic aspect of ISM. Of specific concern are issues in regard to access to platforms such as the European Commission’s Erasmus programme, including differentials according to gender, socio-economic background and academic discipline. Added to this is the geodemographic dimension of institutional mobility: while new opportunities are being opened-up outside of the European Union as part of the outreach function of the Erasmus+ initiative, access to publically-supported mobility chances are becoming restricted within certain regions within the EU, a situation related to the austerity policies associated with the economic crisis in the Mediterranean countries and elsewhere. This project studies ISM along these two vectors, with a scientific aim of identify ideas for improving access to student mobility and addressing current deficits in provision.